Treating the Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL)
Leg Muscle Anatomy Showing the TFL
Treating the Tensor Fasciae Latae - Stuart Hinds
The tensor fasciae latae (TFL) muscle plays a crucial role as it provides stability through the knee and pelvis
TFL trigger points are associated with a wide range of common hip and knee dysfunction are often encountered in a highly resistant form.
Pain from these trigger points is often experienced at the level of the greater trochanter of the hip joint. The pain is almost always more intense when walking or running.
Stuart Hinds - Kinesio Taping for TFL Trigger Points
Tensor Fasciae Latae - Common Trigger Point Site
Pain is also commonly referred down the lateral thigh and to the knee. In many cases the pain will be referred to the knee only.
In the video above, Stuart hinds demonstrates part of the NAT hip protocol used to address TFL trigger points.
About the TFL
Latin: Tendere = "to stretch"; Fasciae = "of the band"; Latae = "broad"
The tensor fasciae latae muscle lies anterior to the gluteus maximus, on the lateral side of the hip.
Anterior part of outer lip of iliac crest, and outer surface of ASIS.
Joins the IT tract just below level of greater trochanter.
Flexes, abducts, and medially rotates the hip joint.
Tenses fascia lata, thus stabilizing the knee joint.
Redirects rotational forces produced by gluteus maximus.
Superior gluteal nerve, L4, 5, S1.
Basic Functional Movement
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